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Kawasaki Ninja H2R Destroys Hayabusa, Superduke R, S1000 RR, Mercedes AMG GT

Here's another high-paced showdown between Kawasaki's H2R flagship and a host of other motorcycles, plus a special feature fro Mercedes' garage, an AMG GT S that delivers 510hp.
The BMW S1000RR is Ninja H2R's closest rival 1 photo
The Ninja H2R is probably the most anticipated and hyped bike launched last fall, as it epitomizes all the high-tech engineering and racing knowledge Kawasaki could muster. The 300 hp supercharged beast is a track-only treat, so that's why you will not be seeing too much of this bike.

Even more, Kawasaki decided that not manufacturing too many Ninja H2R machines was a cool move, so the very limited number of these €50,000 (sold in the US for $50,000) machines makes them even more exclusive.

Ninja H2R battles it out with some of the highly-respected motorcycles, such as the Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, or BMW's S1000RR.

Because the H2R is known to be a very brutal machine, other fast vehicles seized the opportunity to test their capabilities against it, as well. So the list grew bigger with the addition of a Tony Kart 125 racing go-kart and a 510 hp Mercedes AMG GT S.

While driving a 510 hp AMG in the city or on the busy highway may make it seem that the car has infinite amounts of grit and power, we have seen stock 200hp superbikes thrashing 1000+hp cars. So we laughed when the AMG stepped in...
The BMW S1000RR is still the closest street-legal bike to a race machine
We've seen the BMW S1000RR giving a run for their money to so many cars and bikes, that the H2R seemed liek the next best thing in a comparative run. Sporting 100 extra horsepower is not a negligible feat, so we are not surprised the Ninja won.

Au contraire, it's amazing to see that the RR was one of the best rivals for the H2R. A 0.1-second difference to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a 0.7-second gap at 1000 meters is awesome, considering that we are comparing, as we already said, apples to oranges. The H2R is a track-only beast, whereas the S1000RR is all-stock and street-ready.

With a blistering 8.7 seconds from 0 to 250 km/h (155 mph), the Ninja H2R seems impossible to beat. Still, if you watch closely, the S1000RR does very well from a standstill start.

Aside from the legal difference between these two bikes, we'd also be very interested in seeing the Ninja H2R racing against an "unlocked" S1000RR, with the 299 km/h (186 mph) limiter removed. This would not work miracles, but would maybe lower the difference.

All in all, the fans of drag racing who like to put bikes and souped-up supercars together on the track have a new public enemy, the Ninja H2R, and this goes without saying.

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